Each year babies are born prematurely and the question of chronological age and gestational age can add to the confusion for parents.
Truthfully speaking, these babies can actually have two ages for awhile. These ages help the medical team and the parents know what to expect developmentally from a preemie.
Here is an explanation from the March of Dimes and the link below it is for more information regarding this issue.
“Babies who are born prematurely often have two ages: Chronological age is the age of the baby from the day of birth—the number of days, weeks or years old the baby actually has been in the outside world. Adjusted age is the developmental age of the baby based on his due date.
To calculate adjusted age, you take your premature baby’s chronological age (for example, 20 weeks) and subtract the number of weeks premature the baby was (born 6 weeks early). In this example, the baby’s adjusted age would be 14 weeks. Health care providers may use the adjusted age when they evaluate the baby’s growth and development.
Barring serious physical or neurological injury, most premature babies “catch up” to their peers, developmentally, in two to three years. After that, any differences in size or development are most likely due to individual differences, rather than to premature birth. Some very small babies take longer to catch up. You can stop adjusting your baby’s age when it feels most comfortable to you.”
via News Moms Need.
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This has been a big week for recalls related to children’s safety from car seats, to bassinets and cribs.
We think that our children are safe when we put them in their cribs and for the most part they are.
Here are some points to consider concerning cribs and baby equipment in general:
- If your child is ready to climb he could be injured by falling out of his crib.
- If your crib is a hand-me-down if could be a recalled one that could potentially injure your child.
- Parents and caregivers need to be alert to warnings and read them before using toys, cribs, swings, highchairs, bouncy seats etc.
“Of the nearly 182,000 children hurt in cribs during the study period, two-thirds were injured due to a fall. Not surprisingly, as babies grew increasingly mobile, the proportion of injuries from falls increased. As kids got older, prop of inj from falls increased. “This is telling us that coming up with designs that help anticipate that is the way we need to go,” says Smith.
That could take the form of taller crib rails or other fixes. (In any case, parents should drop the height of the crib mattress to its lowest level once baby pulls to a stand. And by 35 inches, it’s time to boot that baby to a big-kid bed.) “Crib designs haven’t really changed in the past two decades, but now they will have to,” says Smith.
Babies of the future may indeed be confined to cribs that look even more like jail cells. If that’s the case, there may be a booming market for black-and-white onesies.
via Cribs, Presumed Safe, Injure 26 Children Every Day – TIME Healthland.”
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